by Al Cimaglia
July 20, 2019
The Meadowlands has a 13-race card set to roll this evening. Sophomore trotters will be competing prominently throughout, many of which are Hambletonian eligible. My attention is fixed on the 0.50 Pick 4 which begins in Race 8. The sequence has a $50,000 guaranteed pool and a 15% takeout.
The driver with the hottest hands at the Big M on Friday was Dave Miller with three wins. Trainer Tony Alagna led the conditions with three pictures.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
4-Sweet Rock-Comes back in 7-days, gets post relief, drops and Dunn sticks, that's a lot of positives for ML chalk.
9-Another Daily Copy-Was sharper in the spring but last effort was best in a while, could be sitting on a big try.
10-On Duty-Another dropper who beat this kind from 8-hole on 7/6, barn is hot and can grind it out from this post.
1-Pilot Discretion-Muscle Hill colt is a good one and should be tighter in 2nd start since some time off.
4-Soul Strong-Having a much better sophomore season, had a nice win from the 8-hole, this is a test but will use.
7-Gerry-Even effort in last 3 but stayed on stride. If breaking issues have been cured Tetrick should get into play.
5-City Hall-9-yr.-old comes off a win and steps-up, Tetrick takes a seat, this guy is 17-39 at Big M, will string along.
7-Joe Joe Joe-D. Miller takes a spin, and this is better spot, should be a factor down the lane and a hot pace helps.
9-Odds On Lauderdale-2nd start since March, has beaten better, can top this crew from 9-hole if dialed on high.
2-Always A Diamond-Made every call a winning a one last week and looks like a player again tonight.
3-Good Day Mate-Hung in versus #2 last week and was off 14 days, now D. Miller steers and is a square price.
7-Rockin M-Program chalk makes Big M debut, has faced tough customers on smaller ovals, best to respect.
Race 8) 4,9,10
Race 9) 1,4,7
Race 10) 5,7,9
Race 11) 2,3,7
Total Ticket Cost) $40.50 for $0.50
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